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Top Tips To Prepare For Your French DELF A1 Exam

Getting a DELF French diploma can open the door to your ambitions. Many students need the DELF or DALF French diploma to get into university, perhaps in France or Switzerland, or to begin a career in the civil service. 

People who want to become professional bakers have found the DALF and DELF preparation course are very useful for taking the entrance exam to get a place at the INBP – the National Institute of Bakery and Pastry. 

And many students just want the qualification to show the level of French they’ve worked hard to achieve.

French DELF A1 preparation

Students of all nationalities want to take DALF preparation in France: at French in Normandy, we’ve taught people from many countries including Switzerland, Korea, and Latin America. 

If you want to pass French DELF A1, preparation is vital. As a beginners’ level qualification, A1 could be many students’ first experience of a DELF or DALF test. 

At French in Normandy, our language school in Rouen, we have lots of experience in supporting students in French DELF A1 preparation as well as other levels in the DELF and DALF tests. Not only can you learn with us at our school, but we can support you in the DELF or DALF online. 

What is the DELF French Diploma? And what are DALF French levels?

The DELF and DALF Diplomas match the six levels of the Council of Europe’ s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) from A1-C2. They are organised by the French Ministry of Education to certify the level of French-language skills of non-French speakers.

  • The DELF French Diploma (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is at levels A1-B2 of the Common European Framework, with an exam for each level. A1 and A2 are examined on Wednesdays and B1 and B2 on Thursdays. 
  • The DALF French Diploma  (Diplôme approfondi en langue française) is at C1and C2 levels of the Common European Framework, and is examined on Fridays.

French DELF A1 preparation: What to expect?

Like most language exams, DALF and DELF French diplomas will test you on the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

READING:

  • What’s in the French DELF A1 reading test? You’ll get four or five short texts about everyday situations and you’ll be asked to answer questions to check how well you’ve understood what you’ve read. It’s a good idea to read the texts once before looking at the questions.  Make sure you understand exactly what the questions are asking before reading the texts again.
  • How to prepare for the DELF A1 reading test The most useful thing you can do is read often. If you can find texts in French which are also translated into your own language, read the French and then check for meaning. Children’s books can be good, and so can websites. Try to be familiar with as many words as possible (and if you don’t understand any in the exam, try to work out what they mean from the rest of the text).

WRITING:

  • What’s in the French DELF A1 writing test? You’ll be asked to complete a form and write something short – like a postcard or email – about something people do in daily life. Be careful: make sure you write what you’ve been asked to write, and read it through carefully when you’ve done.
  • How to prepare for the DELF A1 writing test? Practise writing about things you do every day. Also the more you write out the same phrases again and again, the more you start to commit this to memory. Not only will you write more quickly, but you’ll also add it to the list of things you can say fluently without thinking about it.

LISTENING:

  • What’s in the French DELF A1 listening test? You will hear three or four short recordings about everyday situations twice, then answer questions on what you’ve heard. Remember, you DELF A1hear each recording twice. The first time, try to get the general idea of what you are hearing and on the second listening, be more aware of the details. This part of the test is checking for how well you’ve understood what you’ve heard and you don’t have to write in perfect French.
  • How can I prepare for the DELF A1 listening test? By listening to things! The radio is good, as is the TV, films and talking to people. The more you listen, the more you’ll hear the words and improve your understanding. Tell yourself that you won’t understand everything, and learn to relax about this. However by picking out just a few words from the TV, you’re tuning your brain in to the French language. Practice tests will also help you become more familiar with language at the DELF A1 level of French.

SPEAKING:

  • What’s in the French DELF A1 speaking test? There are three parts of this test:  guided conversation, exchanging information and role-play. In the first two parts be very careful to listen to what the examiner asks and make sure that’s what you answer. Remember you get ten minutes to prepare for the role play with the images you’ve been given so spend that time thinking about what you can say. 
  • How can I prepare for the DELF A1 speaking test? Speaking is vital: our school will help you. Our online course will check and correct your speaking exercises, and students in school will get plenty of practice talking inside and outside of class. When you’re revising vocabulary and phrases, remember to speak them out loud and not just in your head, so you give your mouth a chance to work on pronunciation too!

How can French in Normandy help you with French DELF A1 preparation?

We are very proud of our exam success rates: in 2017, 97 per cent of our students passed their exams. We can offer both DELF and DALF preparation courses at our school in beautiful Rouen, just an hour outside Paris, or online (although you will have to take the exam in France, and this option is only available for students at B2 and above).

Students on our DELF DALF preparation courses in France take General French in the morning as well as exam-specific sessions. Morning classes focus on the four skills, with exam tutorials in the afternoons. You’ll also get practice sessions with personalised correction and feedback. 

Some of our teachers are qualified, experienced DELF DALF examiners which help students to be confident and well prepared for their exam. Students can also attend free daily workshops after afternoon classes. 

Book your French DELF A1 preparation, or your DALF preparation course

We’re looking forward to meeting you at French in Normandy and helping you to get the qualifications you need with our DELF and DALF preparation in France. Find out more about our courses and book here

 

Study Science in France: French + Sciences Pathway

french sciencesFrench in Normandy is proud to have been chosen by Campus France as one of the participating schools in this new and exciting French and Science short course programme for students planning to study science in France.

French in Normandy provides full French language instruction while partner school ESIGELEC takes the lead role in the science elements of the programme along with CESI NORMANDIE and local companies. Together these three excellent Normandy institutions will receive students from around the world for this new three-week programme that offers first-class language training as well as a hands-on scientific experience for students planning to study science in France. Students will visit companies specialised in motor research, transport and energy solutions.

French + Sciences is designed for international English-speaking students in Sciences, who may be complete beginners in French: the scientific content is 100% taught in English.

Learn more about the programme in our brochure and contact us for details.

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10 Ideas to Improve Your French Speaking Skills

Improve your French speaking skills in 10 steps

Are you looking to learn French but are afraid of not being able to become fluent in it? This article reveals the top 10 effective ideas to improve your French speaking skills.    

 Developing your French speaking skills 

Primarily, it is vital to enroll yourself in a French language school with proficient language teachers and a wide range of French language courses. Also being versed with the language is much easier than speaking French fluently which involves lots of learning work, reading, talking, and practicing in French.  

Have a look at some of the finest methods to improve your French speaking skills, practice and implement the following tips to speak French fluently.

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1. Don’t Study French in a stretch

Continuing French study for a long span can initially give you severe headaches. Read it for a short span with a refreshing break in between study sessions so that you grasp what you study and indulge in quality studying.  

2. Lock yourself in the room and talk to yourself in French in front of a mirror

Your elders might have suggested you before too but it seriously works. Chat with yourself in front of the mirror; if possible enact a role play be it a teacher-student, cook, a French actor delivering a speech, etc. It facilitates an improvement in giving a response in French in distinct situations. This will also remove hesitation as well in overcoming pauses that usually strike while trying to speak a new language.

3. Go on to listen to French audio anytime and anywhere

Stuff that we hear again and again gets easily stored in our memory box. Try to listen to French audio as much as possible to be able to speak fluently. This may result in a dual benefit of improving listening skills along with getting versed with the language. The finest ways to get the hold of French is to practice the process of hearing, understanding, and finally speaking. Try to memorize what you heard while watching a French movie or a TV show like news or you can make a keyword list which you can go through frequently

4. Switch on your TV to watch French game shows

Every one of us loves watching game shows and mostly knows what next anchors are going to utter, and in this way, you can learn French quite easily.

5. Repeat or revise as much as possible

Repetition and revision is the key to learning a language. Just go on to repeat so that you don’t forget it easily

6. Read French out loud

This could be a little problematic, but reading French loud will work for sure. Reading is the best mode to deal with the complexity involved in the language of France. This would help the reader in the composition of sentences and French dialogue.  

7. Converse with  your classmates in French

This will work cent percent as while conversing with your friend, you will get to hear some new and old words that will be an aid in speaking as well as memorizing.  

8. Don’t translate

It is quite obvious that initially while learning, you may translate a bit of French to English, but try to avoid it as much as possible. It is quite possible that you can understand the context of a phrase or sentence or even paragraph even though you might not know the direct meaning/translation of every word. Try not to translate! 

9. Don’t adopt a new studying style

Stick to your old and effective style of studying that has delivered your results earlier. If you get to learn easily while reading aloud or by practicing in writing, simply practice it to learn and speak French quickly

10. Be serious in your French class

Don’t just laugh at it. By being serious in your language class and following the instructions of your teacher, you can learn French easily. Have a deep study of your French course as it is similar to learning French in France. 


If you really want to improve your French, consider a full-on immersion experience with us, French in Normandy, an international award-winning French language school in the heart of Normandy.

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Characteristics of a Good Language Teacher

Knowledge of a language with good command in speaking doesn’t make you a good language teacher. Do you think, mere knowledge and teacher training are enough to switch on to the language teaching profession? There are plenty of characteristics that a teacher must possess to be a good language teacher; along with proficiency in a language, extraordinary reading, speaking and listening skills the teacher must, of course, demonstrate good use of vocabulary and command over the words.

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Do you want to know what are the characteristics of a good teacher? If yes, then go on to confirm the following traits along with checking his or her expertise in French.

French language teaching 

Learning the language of France is just like learning any other new language but a bit earlier acquaintance through movies, multimedia aids, video tutorials, semi-easy reads can be highly advantageous for students in addition to having a good French teacher with the knowledge of the language. 

Important characteristics of a good teacher

Let us check out the good characteristics of a teacher that can make him/her stay in the memory of students for a longer and longer span. This guide is not only for students but also for teachers who aspire to become a good language teacher.  

 

Personalize the Learning Environment

Check out whether the teacher can offer personalized teaching to every class depending upon the specific needs of the class. You cannot teach students of a distinct age with the same teaching style and matter. The best method of teaching students under age 6 plays way method however; the need of students beyond 6 years is different. Therefore, the teacher must be able to connect with the student and execute personalized as well as customized teachingA teacher able to establish emotional as well as mental connect with the students is best to go for.  

 

 

Spread optimism

Learning a language may not be as tough as learning mathematics, but it is also not easy. Most of the students often leave the courses in midterm due to the complexity involved in the language. But a hopeful and encouraging teacher can promote students to learn French and attain proficiency.

 

 

Passionate teacher potent in generating passion in students  

A teacher needs to be passionate about the language along with being able to infuse passion in the students as well. Passion eradicates boredom and irritation which is very common while studying a new language. A spark of interest generates passion and thereby enlists the teacher amongst the good teachers.   

 

 

Connection 

A teacher capable of establishing a connection with the students and between the subject and student easily gets her name in the list of good language teachers. Creating friendliness for the subject amongst students through teaching aids like stories, videos, pictures, snaps, etc. is important for learning.  

 

 

Encourages students to chime in

The participation of students leads to effective or successful learning. Teachers executing distinct means to involve student’s participation are more likely to get the tang of success. Actively involved students learn more easily than those who abstain from participating.

 

 

 Accountability

A good teacher allows the student to face the blame and be accountable for any carelessness and lack of devotion towards the study of language.  

 

Stays attuned with the student’s development

Language learning classes are different in every learning phase. A good language teacher should be able to understand the different development phases and teach students with a fine idea of bespoke teaching best for the mental caliber of distinct students. 

 


French in Normandy team consists of some of the best French language teachers, all who embody the characteristics of a good teacher, who can help you to achieve your language learning goals! Contact us for details about our teachers and French language courses.

5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language

French is considered as a tough language to learn as well as pronounce. But it cannot be as hard as it seems to learn if you acquaint your child with the following things at preschool or at their early level of education.  As French is a global language, spoken in at least 29 countries and used by international organizations as an official language, learning French is important.

Before you enroll your child in a French-language school, provide him or her the basic knowledge that can make the French learning process easier. Have a look at the overview of the things that, if learned at an early stage, can aid the student to converse in French easily in the future. But before that, let us know why learning French is important?

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Learning skills: Why Learning French is important

Gradually like English, French has become an international language and to compete in today’s world or in the coming years, it is vital to be an expert in French. After English, it is at the second spot amongst the list of languages taught worldwide along with being 6th language of the world spoken across the globe. Various schools offer French classes and courses in France but French in Normandy is voted as the best French language school in France and offers courses for juniors, adults and seniors.

5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language


Numbers and genders game

If you are planning to teach your child French at any stage after preschool, then make sure to verse him with the genders and numbers. In French, the pronouns and adjectives have to be in agreement, whereas similar is the case of the verb which is also supposed to agree. Make the child aware of grammar through various books through singing or poem recitation, etc. to prepare his foundation for French. 

Education of affirmative, negative, and interrogative statements

Learning French would be an easy job for your child by making him versed with the French translation of  words like what, where, when, why, who, and how which are referred as “quoi” , “où” , “qui” , “quand” , “Pourquoi” , “comment” in French respectively. This would help your child to learn the basics of French easily as with such words sentence formation becomes easy, which would be of immense assistance for students. A habit of noting down a word while reading a chapter is of immense help in learning, which could be a great aid in French too as it aids in increasing the vocabulary of French.  

Verbs

Acquaint your child about the changing form of verbs in French which varies from person to person, mood and tense, unlike English. These learned at a later stage in higher classes are hard to practice as students often forget them. Make such word practice in the daily life of your preschool toddler so that he can remember it for long. Make your toddler hear it while you read to keep it stored in his memory to enable him to learn French with great ease. Again, repeating these words, again and again, can help students to learn easily. 

Conditional and subjunctive

Perhaps you do not know about the verb forms or moods mentioned in French, but do you know that English too stores a similar pattern? The conditional sentences constitute ‘If’ in English whereas it is called “si” in French. Subjective is practiced at the time of uncertainty. Gradually make your child use subjunctives to make the French language, not a tough one to learn. Class discussion can act as a key to learning these.  

Pronunciation

French is difficult to pronounce and understand initially. It is different from Swedish, English, etc. It is spoken in a monotonous range. While pronouncing French, the nasal sounds that seem to have a similar sound actually do not have. A beginner or a preschooler needs to be versed in the fact that sounds appear to melt together from the previous syllable of a word to the beginning of next words syllable. Here animal sound, enacting of screenplay or voice modulation can be highly effective in preparing them to learn French in the future. 

These are minor but very handy things that may assist in learning the language effortlessly.  

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FIN + American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

Christian Gaujac, French in Normandy, recently attended the 92nd annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) held July 14-17, 2019, in Philadelphia. He has been working for more than 30 years in FLE is in now in charge of partnerships in his school. Christian was an active participant as an exhibitor in this unique gathering of over 300 French teachers from around the U.S. and from several other countries. Participants in the convention were able to learn about the history of Philadelphia and its relationship to France through lectures and presentations as well as numerous excursions. In addition, there were over 120 workshops and sessions on the teaching and learning of French and the cultures of the Francophone world.

The AATF, founded in 1927, is the largest national association of French teachers in the world
with nearly 9500 members. It is organized around 70 local chapters and governed by a national
Executive Council of 18 members. National Headquarters are located in Marion, Illinois. The
AATF publishes the French Review and the National Bulletin and holds an annual convention
which alternates between sites in Francophone countries such as Canada, France, and also in the
U.S. Its award-winning Web site [www.frenchteachers.org] contains a multitude of information
and materials of interest to French teachers at all levels. The AATF also sponsors the National
French Contest and National French Week (Nov. 4-10, 2019).

Schools & Agents at French in Normandy

In this article, Lynne Farrugia, who is one of the owners of Schools & Agents, takes us through her experience as a student in Rouen and at French in Normandy.

She came to French in Normandy as a guest, took a course with us and stayed with one of our host families. During the day, she had time to explore our beautiful city. Here’s what she was up to during her week in Rouen.


I had the pleasure of being invited to Rouen and French in Normandy from 7th to 14thJune. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay longer due to other work commitments.  The purpose of this visit was to experience the city as well as the school and the host family, as any other student would. This article as well as the pictures and posts during the week aim to help agents understand better what a student should expect from this beautiful corner in France… read more.


Why do Asian students learn French?

This week French in Normandy is travelling to Taiwan, Japan and Korea to meet our trusted partners and give them the latest update and feedback from their students.

After a busy two days of meetings in Taipei it is clear that there is a common thread running through the applications from Taiwan.

Many students come during either the summer holidays or the winter holidays although Chinese New Year celebrations make this a less popular choice than the summer break.

Students come typically for 4-6 weeks although there are also some longer 8-12 week stays as Taiwanese students can come without a visa to study at French in Normandy for up to three months.

If you are a beginner and are coming for three months then you should be able to reach an A2 level in that time, if you want to get to a B2 level, the minimum required for further study such as University or Vocational Culinary courses in France, then you will need to budget for a 6-9 month stay. At the end of your course you can take at least 8 weeks of our very popular and successful Delf Dalf course. For University entrance you will need to show that you have the B2 or C1 level by January so that when you complete your University application your Delf or Dalf results will be a necessary part of your dossier.

Taiwanese students learn French as part of their career plan in order to gain entrance to university as French education is world renowned but they also learn French for fun or to be able to access a professional training course at  Fashion or Culinary colleges.

In Rouen, French in Normandy partners the INBP ( French National Institution for Bread, Cake and Chocolate) who offer the CAP course essential for any student hoping to make a career in France as a chef or a boulanger/pâtissier .

The CAP qualification is the ONLY qualification that allows you to get a job as a baker or a chocolate chef for example in hotels, shops and restaurants. If you pass the exam and get your Diploma you can choose to stay on and gain some work experience in a local restaurant, hotel or shop. The INBP will help you find the right placement for you. Work experience is typically either 10 or 20 weeks so if you are going to do this course with a language element first you will need to apply for a student visa fro; the start.

For entrance to the INBP you must be at least 18 and will need a B2 Delf or a C1 Dalf Diploma and you will also need to take the INBP entrance language test. At French in Normandy we help you prepare for your future course at the INBP and arrange visits beforehand so that you know the staff and the school before your first day. The course is 5 months long and is very practical. There are two start dates -one in January and one at the end of August so you can plan your language course and B2 objective around one of them.

We have trained many successful candidates and you will find film of some of their experiences below.

So after a short three day stay it is time to leave Taiwan and head to Tokyo.

Institut Français du Japon – Kansai

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10 Undeniable Reasons Why French Is Essential For the Engineering Industry


Have you selected the Engineering Industry for your bright future? Do you want to improve your professional skills? Do you like a dream job abroad? If yes, then French learning is essential for you. Why? Well, here are the top 10 undeniable reasons why French is critical for the engineering students.


  1. Learning one language is not enough: We all know the race of the current world; here speaking one professional language is not enough for students. French study will increase your chance of finding a good job at home or abroad with a good salary. Learning multiple languages will enrich students mind and opens up new perspectives.
  2. Gateway to higher education: Second strong reason to learn this language is, French has a high standing in the Engineering Industry. This language is considered the Gateway to a world-class higher education. With French knowledge, engineering students can add an extra and most required skill to their profile. There are several international companies and Gov. Organizations that ask for the French ability to Engineering students. 
  3. A career asset: Every student dreams for a bright career in his selected subject. If you have chosen the Engineering Industry for your future, then French learning is crucial for you. One main reason for this is numerous multinational companies using French as their working language. That’s why French knowledge called as the career asset. 

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  4. Base to learn other languages: Engineering is a vast industry and engineers required in almost every part of life. There are around 6,500 spoken languages in the world. So don’t limit your ability to work by only knowing one language. Several students want to join a job in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Northern South America after completing their Engineering. But you should know, in all these countries French is a popular official language. Moreover, French is easy to learn and can serve you as a base to acquire several other Romance languages. 
  5. A language for better English: Very few students know this fact that French studies in a reputed French language school can make their English better than before. It has proved by several types of research that, “English speaking students becomes more aware and intuitive to English grammar rules after learning French. 
  6. French has a significant online presence: the French language has a big online presence so it can give you access to approximately 15 million additional websites. French is both an official and working language of the European Union, NATO, UN, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and more. Thus French knowledge for engineers is crucial. 
  7. Spoken around the world:  French is spoken and learned throughout the world. After the English, French is the only language that spoken on five continents. It is the second most broadly taught foreign language around the world with 125 million learners. So with French study, engineering students can find their dream job easily across the globe. 
  8. Enhances Confidence levels: Confidence is essential for each student to gain more in life. And advanced French courses for engineers can improve their confidence levels because they authorized in several international organizations and firms. 
  9. A language that opens up the world: Your ability to understanding, speaking and writing French will open up the door of the world for your study, job and travel. Not just in France but also in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg Engineering students can find their dream job easily with French study. 
  10. A Gateway to Culture: When you study abroad, you get a chance to experience a new environment, advanced technology, and the unique culture. Here, your French knowledge will help you to mix up quickly with your roommates, classmates, and teachers. Engineering students who want to learn can join us at French in Normandy#1 French language school in France with 25 years of experience.